$50 for a One-Hour In-Studio Children's Photo Shoot at Gooch Too ($100 Value)

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Renee Gooch culls professional experience as commercial & fine-art photographer to snap candid, honest shots of kids & families

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Expires Oct 7th, 2012. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Appointment required, subject to availability. Limit 5 people per shoot. Not valid on Mondays. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Photographs of precious moments are the greatest gifts relatives can leave behind for their descendants, aside from genes for cowlick-resistant hair or hints to where the inheritance is buried. Pass on a transgenerational treasure with today's Groupon: for $50, you get a one-hour, in-studio photo shoot for up to four people, plus 20% off any prints, at Gooch Too in the West Loop (a $100 value). Photo shoots are by appointment only, with the studio keeping hours Tuesday–Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Gooch Too's Renee Gooch pours a professional career of commercial and fine-art photography into snapping candid and whimsical shots of children, work that earned her a nod last year in Time Out Chicago. During the 60-minute session, Renee shoots documentary-style shots as parents and progeny roam the studio, crisscrossing cascading rays of light as it spills through floor-to-ceiling windows, coloring on walls of chalkboard, and slumping into pintsize beanbag chairs filled with such rejected jellybean flavors as shrimp-chocolate-chip. Renee looks to keep the shoot simple, encouraging kids to laugh, play with toys, and just be themselves. For the best photos, she recommends parents bring a few simple outfits that splash a bit of color but that avoid logos, name brands, or chainmail and plated armor.

Two weeks after the session, Renee uploads a private online gallery of 30–40 images. From these images, clients can select favorites for discounted prints that range from 4"x6" and smaller for frames and wallets (normally $15) to 20"x24" ($110) to hang on walls or cover up the rectangular hole your kids dug in the living room. Twenty high-resolution digital images can be burned onto CDs (about $200, including 20% discount), or the entire session can be placed onto a disc (about $400, including 20% discount).

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